This Week On PlayStation: Shadow Of Mordor, Sherlock Holmes Headline This Week's New Games On PS4, PS3, Vita
The PlayStation Blog posted this week's lineup of games releasing for PlayStation systems, and it includes some heavy hitters in the form of new blockbusters, Western releases of Japanese games and old classics being ported for digital release.
The highlight of this week's releases is Monolith Productions' Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, releasing tomorrow for the PlayStation 4. PlayStation 3 owners will have to wait until November to get their hands on this newest addition to the Lord of the Rings video game library.
In the game, players take on the role of Talion, a former Ranger brought back from death by a vengeful wraith that now shares Talion's body. This open world game has Talion utilizing his new-found wraith powers to take revenge on Sauron's army of Uruk-hai one commander at a time. With pretty consistently favorable reviews, this might be a good one to pick up, especially for fans of the franchise.
The world's greatest detective will make his grand return to video game platforms this week in Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments. As would be expected from a game starring the consulting detective himself, players will use Sherlock's considerable skills and talents to search for clues and piece information together. The goal, of course, is to figure out solutions for each of the game's cases. The twist is that the player is capable of making the wrong conclusion, and the game even comes with moral choices when Sherlock needs to decide whether to go after his suspects or let them slide for one reason or another. Because of all of these choices, each case will have multiple endings for players to discover. Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments will drop tomorrow for PS4 and PS3.
Japanese arcade game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will be coming to North American PS3s this week. The fighting game pits characters from the Persona 3 and 4 RPGs against each other, a fine distraction while we wait for Persona 5's release sometime next year. Another Japanese release coming West this week is Natural Doctrine. This tactical RPG from Patapon director Atsushi Ii will hit PS4, PS3 and Vita systems tomorrow.
The PlayStation 4's massive indie library is also expanding this week with co-op arcade game Second Chance Heroes, physics-based co-op platformer Chariot and botanical RPG Pier Solar and the Great Architects.
Finally, the PSN Store is getting a visit from old classics with the digital release of the Namco Museum, Volumes 1 through 5. Early industry hits like Pac-Man and Galaga will be available for download, ready to be rediscovered by a new generation of console gamers.